President Joe Biden has sparked international outrage by snubbing several major countries at an upcoming “Democracy Summit” as he seeks to draw a line between what the United States sees as democracies and ” autocratic governments ”.
The “Summit for Democracy” to be held in December, with the stated objective of bringing together leaders “Tackle the biggest threats that democracies face today”, but the guest list caused a backlash after the United States failed to invite countries like Russia and Turkey.
China was notably absent from the guests, while the disputed territory of Taiwan was invited to participate. China’s Foreign Ministry blasted the United States for the move, saying it is “Strongly opposed to Taiwan’s invitation to the United States” Event.
Tensions between the two sides over the summit invitation come just days after President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping debated the Taiwan issue in a bilateral meeting. At the time, Xi warned the United States that China would be forced to act “if the separatist forces for the independence of Taiwan provoke us”, while America has expressed its commitment to the one-China policy.
In the Middle East, only Israel and Iraq received summit invitations, while allies of the United States, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all received been excluded from the list, thus risking American relations in the region.
European nations were also not immune to anger, as the United States invited Poland, while excluding neighboring Hungary and its right-wing leader Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The U.S. summit will be the first of two events, purporting to bring together Democratic leaders to “Counter authoritarianism, fight corruption and promote respect for human rights”.
The US State Department has yet to respond to concerns about the exclusion of many nations from the event.
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